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Arsenal spanked us, says Wolves boss Mick McCarthy


'We were spanked' admits McCarthy

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy admitted his side were outclassed by Arsenal.

Two Robin van Persie goals gave the Gunners a 2-0 win, a result that sent Wolves to the bottom of the Premier League, one point adrift of West Ham.

"They murdered us. From one to 11 they were better than us, stronger than us and quicker than us," McCarthy said.

"I have to admire their class and the way they play. And for us to get better we have to admit we got turned over - we were completely spanked."

He continued: "We had a slapping. But we've got West Brom next week, that's more important."

Wolves went to the Emirates off the back of inflicting a first defeat of the season on Premier League leaders Manchester United and would have hoped to capitalise on that result as well as expose the vulnerability Arsenal showed when they lost a four-goal lead at Newcastle last week.

But McCarthy's men come away from London with their relegation worries deepened by the fact West Ham and Wigan - the teams directly above them - both picked up a point on their travels.

The Wolves boss, while conceding his side were well beaten, did take some consolation from the superb performance of his keeper Wayne Hennessey and his players' attitude.

Title race is still on - Wenger

"I always try to look for positives," McCarthy reflected. "Wayne Hennessey was fabulous, he made some great saves. And even at 90 minutes we still tried to get forward and have a shot at their goal. I am proud of the way my lads go about their job.

"But had Arsenal taken any of their numerous chances we might have ended up with a netful of goals against us. We were beaten by a better side."

McCarthy's Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger was delighted with his side's response to their disappointment at St James' Park last week and is optimistic about their title chances.

The Gunners are second in the table, four points behind United.

And Wenger, whose side are on a nine-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, commented: "The title race is very much on. We want to give it our best shot to win the league and we are in a good position.

"If we keep playing like that we have a very good chance.

"Many people questioned our defensive solidity after last week, it was important to come back and keep our run going - it was disappointing last week but we did not lose.

"We created a lot of chances, it was a convincing 2-0. I was really impressed by the number of chances we created and the speed of our passing - it was fantastic.

"This team is strong mentally, we know what we want to achieve and we are up for it."

Wenger also revealed that Samir Nasri has not been completely ruled out of the first leg of Wednesday's Champions League last-16 tie at home to Barcelona.

French midfielder Nasri has been out since injuring his hamstring against Huddersfield on 30 January.

"It is a bit soon but we will have a test on Tuesday morning to see if he can be involved in the game," Wenger added.

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